9 Ways to Store Your Clothes Without a Closet

Glenholme, B&B in Kirkcudbright
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Don't have a closet? Fear not. We've rounded up the best ideas for how to store your clothes without a closet. Before you start, it's important to keep a few things in mind:

  1. Pare down your wardrobe as much as possible. When you don't have a closet, you shouldn't be buying extras or any "just in case" items.
  2. Organize a minimalist closet to make the most of your space.
  3. You may have to DIY some closet storage solutions which usually works way better anyway than pre-made storage solutions that often don't fit your closet or wardrobe.
  4. If you're going to store your clothing out in the open, commit to keeping your ​DIY closet clean and organized. You can't just toss a sweater in. Fold it or hang it up. 
  5. Finally, get ready for people to comment on your unique closet storage situation. 

The following are some great examples of how to store clothing when you don't have a closet. 

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    Use a Combination of Small Dressers, Hanging Rods, and Shelves

    Small dresser +hanging rod + shelf

    A combo of low, free-standing dressers, a hanging rod, and a shelf up top on an empty wall will give you the storage you need. Since the dresser is low, it allows for enough hanging space for dresses, slacks, and even long coats. 

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    Contain Clothes Storage With a Curtain

    Use a curtain to curtail clutter
    A Mere Life

    If you install hanging rods on your wall but don't necessarily want to see your clothing all the time, a sleek curtain can hide your clothing storage. But don't just use any old curtain for this––pick something you love and that goes with the decor in your room.

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    Employ Clothes Racks

    Employ clothes racks
    Pop Sugar

    Using a clothes rack when you don't have a closet to store your clothing in is a simple, easy way to create the necessary space to hang blouses, jackets, coats, pants, dresses, skirts, and even bags. Invest in a quality rack––you don't want to wake up in the middle of the night when your clothes and rack crash to the floor. 

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    Put Baskets Under Your Bed

    Use under bed storage
    Foster Home

    People use the spaces under their beds to store books, shoes, towels, and linens. Why not your clothing?

    Baskets are something you probably already own, and storing clothing within easy reach under your bed is a smart move. Out-of-season clothing, boots, shoes, and accessories are great options when deciding what to store under your bed

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    Install Pipes as Closet Rods

    Using pipes as closet rods
    Plus Bloig

    This is a truly creative idea: Install piping at different heights to store clothing of different lengths. For this, you'll need piping, measuring tools, and some wall fasteners. 

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    Try Clothing Racks at Different Heights

    Clothing racks at different heights
    A Beautiful Mess

    If you can't install piping at different heights, then clothing racks at different heights can work. Keeping your shirts and pants on a lower rack and your dresses on a higher rack will help break things up visually to keep your bedroom from looking like a clothing store.

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    Add Clothes Storage Behind the Bed

    Clothes storage behind the bed
    Decor 8 Blog

    A great solution for moving clothes out of the way is to create a clothing nook behind the bed. The area above and slightly behind your bed is space you won't miss in your bedroom.

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    Cut Down on Visual Clutter With White Walls

    A white background to cut down on visual clutter
    Grace Brooke LLC

    If you have no closet but still need to store clothes in your bedroom, paint your bedroom a stark white. This will cut down on visual clutter and add to a sleek, modern look. 

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    Hang a Shelf Near the Ceiling

    Hanging shelf near ceiling by Inspired Wives
    Inspired Wive

    Hanging a shelf-rod combo very close to the ceiling allows for shelf storage and lots of hanging space below the rod where you can hang pants, blouses, dresses, and long coats.